Monday, June 27, 2016

Aisles Release New Single Off Of "Hawaii"

Santiago prog rockers Aisles have just released Upside Down, the second single off their fourth studio album Hawaii. Aisles’ guitarist and producer, Germán Vergara explains:
"Upside Down talks about a future society that has gained awareness of the tragedy that is losing the planet Earth and decides to begin again, living life in a completely different way. Emotionally it's a song about regret, but at the same time hope, happiness, and freedom. 
Musically we wanted to convey the feeling of vertigo because these humans will live in cylinders that rotate on their axes generating gravity. It's a powerful song. Its energy comes mainly from the vocal performance and the piano lines to transmit the idea of change, transformation and freedom. It has one of the most original guitar solos we've ever written".
Hawaii is a two-disc concept album about human colonies established in space after the destruction of the Earth. The LP will be released on July 29, 2016 via Presagio Records on CD and digitally, while the vinyl edition will be available in November. Preorder available in various formats and bundles on Aisles official website.

Listen and download Upside Down below:
Upside Down official audio.
Upside Down on Soundcloud.
Free Upside Down MP3 download.

Check out the first of five episodes of the online documentary depicting the recording process of Hawaii: Hawaii documentary episode 1.

Hawaii tracklisting
Disc 1:
1. The Poet, Part I: Dusk
2. The Poet, Part II: New World
3. Year Zero
4. Upside Down
5. CH-7

Disc 2
1. Terra
2. Pale Blue Dot
3. Still Alive
4. Nostalgia
5. Club Hawaii
6. Falling
7. In the Probe

The band will announce the new dates for their previously postponed European tour during the next few weeks.

Aisles are:
Sebastián Vergara: lead vocals
Germán Vergara: guitar, vocals
Rodrigo Sepúlveda: guitar, vocals
Daniel Baird-Kerr: bass
Juan Pablo Gaete: keyboards
Felipe Candia: drums, percussion

Aisles on the web:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brand X Reunite to Tour US 2016/2017

Legendary Jazz-Rock-Fusion band Brand X has reunited and is preparing to celebrate their reunion with a Fall 2016/Spring 2017 U.S. tour, including a headline performance at Progtoberfest in Chicago on October 21st. Also on this initial run will be shows in Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland and Boston to name a few.

Brand X are recognized as true musical pioneers, as they helped create an entire musical genre and influenced a broad spectrum of musicians and bands, from Phish to Dream Theatre. They are unrivaled in their creativity, originality and approach. Their contemporaries include bands such as Weather Report, Headhunters, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorious and Chick Corea, all crafting a unique blend of Jazz, Rock, and Ethic influences now widely known by fans worldwide as Fusion.

After years of rumors of a potential reunion, it is finally happening. Three of the four main members came together recently in New York, and according to sources present at the rehearsals, listening to them play was “ traveling back in time to the legendary Livestock album – there was no question this was Brand X! Their sound was uncannily identical to the Brand X of Livestock – and that in itself speaks volumes”

The Band:

John Goodsall (Guitars): Original Brand X guitarist says, “It's a better version now. We’re all a lot more experienced – a lot more skilled… And that goes for every one of us.”

Percy Jones (Bass): Original Brand X bassist says, “This music takes us back to a certain space – which was really cool. I wasn't sure I’d ever feel that feeling again – and yet here it is!”

Kenwood Dennard (Drums): Original Brand X drummer who’s also played with Sting and Jaco Pastorious says, “When we used to play this music, it felt eternal. We used to get into a zone where it felt so deep. Now that's exactly how it felt again.”

Chris Clark (Keyboards): Formerly of John Entwistle Band (The Who), and Richie Cannata's Band (Billy Joel).

Scott Weinberger (Percussionist): Sessions with Adrian Belew, and live with The Security Project (Jerry Marotta, formerly of Peter Gabriel and Trey Gunn formerly of King Crimson)

The reunited
Brand X will be performing material from their first three albums on these initial tours in October and November 2016: Unorthodox Behaviour, Moroccan Roll, and Livestock.

Brand X
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Haken Announce North America "Affinitour" Dates

London-based progressive metal band Haken have just completed the European leg of their Affinitour in support of their latest release Affinity.  Now they are pleased to announce the North America tour for this Fall.  The tour kicks off in Chicago, IL on Aug. 30th and concludes in Portland, OR on Sept. 21st. The group will also make a stop at major US festival ProgPower in Atlanta, on Sept 10th.   New Jersey Prog outfit Thank You Scientist join the group on this 17 date trek.

The band had this to say about the upcoming tour:
"After last year's success in North America, we've been eager to get back and play to our amazing fans over there and also travel to new territory in Texas, Arizona and the west coast. To make things even more exciting, we're taking one of our favourite bands out with us - Thank You Scientist. If you haven't heard these guys, you've been missing out!"

North America Tour Dates w/Thank You Scientist
United States
Aug.30: Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Aug.31: Niagra Falls, NY - Rapid's Theater

Sept.1: Toronto, ON - Mod Club
Sept.2: Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Sept.3: Quebec City, QC - L'Imperial

United States
Sept.4: Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Sept.6: New York, NY - Marlin Room
Sept.7: Philadelphia, PA - Founday
Sept.8: Frederick, MD - Café 611
Sept.9: Richmond, VA - Canal Club
Sept.10: Atlanta, GA -
ProgPower USA
Sept.13: Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Sept.14: San Antonio, TX - Rockbox
Sept.16: Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
Sept.17: Los Angeles, CA - Complex
Sept.20: Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sept.21: Portland, OR - Ash Street Saloon

Affinity has been receiving great reactions from press. You can now order the album at these links:
InsideOut Music Shop:


Riverside to Release Special 5.1 Mix Edition of "Love, Fear and the Time Machine"

Polish prog masters Riverside are pleased to announce the release of a 5.1 mix version of their current album Love, Fear and the Time Machine. This special edition of the band's latest, much acclaimed 6th studio album will be released worldwide via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic worldwide on July 22nd, 2016 as CD+DVD Digipak with slightly modified artwork with the following tracklisting:

Disc 1 / CD -"Love, Fear and the Time Machine" Album:
1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)  (05:51)
2. Under the Pillow (06:47)
3. #Addicted (04:52)
4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire (06:56)
5. Saturate Me (07:08)
6. Afloat (03:11)
7. Discard Your Fear (06:42)
8. Towards the Blue Horizon (08:09)
9. Time Travellers (06:41)
10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)  (04:03)

Disc 2 / DVD-AV - "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" Album:
1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)  (05:51)
2. Under the Pillow (06:47)
3. #Addicted (04:52)
4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire (06:56)
5. Saturate Me (07:08)
6. Afloat (03:11)
7. Discard Your Fear (06:42)
8. Towards the Blue Horizon (08:09)
9. Time Travellers (06:41)
10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)   (04:03)

"Day Session":
1. Heavenland (04:59)
2. Return (06:49)
3. Aether (08:43)
4. Machines (03:53)
5. Promise (02:43)

"Video Clips":
1. Love (Trailer)  (01:38)
2. Fear (Trailer)   (01:58)
3. Time Machine (Trailer) (01:07)
4. Found (Video Clip) (04:06)

The bonus DVD is a hybrid disc (DVD-AV), which has a DVD-Audio and a DVD-Video session on the same disc.

Riverside commented as follows about the upcoming release:
"We had never been in favor of releasing our albums in 5.1 until we recorded LFTM. It's our best sounding release and we thought it would be an interesting experience to hear it in a new version. And so the thoughts have materialized, Bruce Soord has done a brilliant job and I'm fairly sure you're going to like the new sound of LFTM."

As last communicated, Riverside's founding member and guitarist Piotr Grudziński tragically and unexpectedly passed away of natural causes on February 21st, 2016.

Rivertside recently issued the following comprehensive update in regards to their activities:
"In our statement we wrote that we had decided to cancel all concerts confirmed for this year and that hasn't changed, Riverside won't play any gigs this year. But we are going ahead with our other plans for 2016.
Many months ago, before Piotr died, we made a plan to release one of our albums in 5.1 in the early summer of 2016 and a compilation of our instrumental tracks in the autumn of 2016. We also have individual plans and guest appearances with other musicians. Our biography has been in the making for over two years and it will be published towards the end of this year - we just didn't expect that it would contain an additional chapter and that its character would change.
We've always been like a family, we have stuck together and always taken care of that bond both on and off the stage. We have also said many times that we have the best fans in the whole world. Our band wouldn't exist without you, without your commitment and all the emotional links that have been created between us over the years. Your reactions and support we have received from you have surpassed our most daring expectations. We'd like to thank you for that from the bottom of our hearts."

In other news, UK's Prog Magazine has announced that Riverside are nominated in two categories for this year's Progressive Music Awards. Their song "Towards the Blue Horizon" is nominated in the "Anthem" category and Riverside are nominated in the "Band/Artist Of The Year" category.

The awards are held on September 1st, 2016 and further details as well as voting options can be found here:

Previous formats of Love, Fear and the Time Machine can be ordered here:

Riverside online:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Neal Morse Band to Release New Live CD/DVD

The Neal Morse Band will be releasing a new live 2CD/DVD set and Blu-ray on August 5, 2016 titled Alive Again. Riding on the tremendous success of their breakthrough album, The Grand Experiment, The Neal Morse Band set out on a tremendously successful world tour in the spring of 2015. Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy have teamed up with Randy George, Eric Gillette, and Bill Hubauer to create one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Full stop.

Alive Again will be available as a DVD/2CD set and a standalone Blu-ray and shows the band at the top of their form performing for a rousing audience in The Netherlands on March 6, 2015.

Says Neal:
“The Alive Again tour and this DVD/Blu-ray is one of the finest we have ever done. In my humble opinion… It's really great! I think you all are really going to dig it. Check it out and you'll understand how amazing this band is! I love it!”

Track Listing:
CD 1

1. Alive Again Intro    
2. The Call    
3. Leviathan    
4. The Grand Experiment   
5. Harm's Way    
6. Bill's Keyboard Solo    
7. The Creation    
8. There Is Nothing That God Can't Change    

CD 2
1. Waterfall    
2. Eric's Guitar Solo  
3. In the Fire    
4. Alive Again    
5. Rejoice    
6. Oh Lord, My God    
7. Reunion    
8. King Jesus    

To purchase the The Neal Morse Band's Alive Again 2CD/DVD set or Blu-ray:

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Karmakanic Reveal First Teaser for New Album

Sweden-based progressive rockers Karmakanic recently announced the release of their fifth album Dot for July 22nd, 2016.  Now they are pleased to reveal the first album teaser video, which you can see below:

The band, who originally formed in 2002, have returned with their first studio album since 2011's much-praised In a Perfect World and the current line-up includes Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Morgan Ågren (Casualties Of Cool, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai), Lalle Larsson (Agents Of Mercy), Nils Erikson, Krister Jonsson, Andy Bartosh and Ray Aichinger

Jonas Reingold had this to say about the album and its themes:
"I got my inspiration to start writing Dot when I stumbled upon a text by the famous American author and astronomer Carl Sagan a while ago. He was talking about how small and insignificant we are in this vast universe. 
It's fascinating to think that this little dot is all we are and all we'll ever be. It gives us perspective. And I think perspective is a great tool for making good choices."

Dot also features a track co-written with Jonas' old buddy and colleague from The Tangent, Andy Tillison, and he also contributes Hammond organ on the epic track God, The Universe and Everything Else No One Really Cares About which clocks in at nearly 30 minutes.

Dot tracklist:
1. Dot
2. God the Universe and Everything Else No One Really Cares About, Part I
3. Higher Ground
4. Steer by the Stars
5. Travelling Minds
6. God the Universe and Everything Else No One Really Cares About, Part II

The artwork for Dot was created by Hugh Syme, who has previously made covers for Rush, Aerosmith & Iron Maiden. The album will be available as a CD/DVD Jewel case (featuring The Making of Dot, Karmakanic Live in the US and Interviews), LP with CD & digital download.
Look out for more info in the coming weeks!

Karmakanic Online

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pain of Salvation Launch First Track Off "Remedy Lane Re:visited"

Pre-orders have started!

Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation will release a very special reissue version of their 2002 album Remedy Lane entitled Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived) on July 1st, 2016 via InsideOutMusic.

Therefore, Rope Ends (Remix) is being launched today as first impression of the release via a static clip via YouTube here:

With this release, Pain of Salvation re-visit their ground-breaking and genre-bending Remedy Lane album by teaming up with old companion and mixing engineer wizard Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Haken, etc.) for a new sonic take on the original recordings as well as the intense full-album live performance from ProgPower USA Festival from 2014.

Both these Remedy Lane recordings will be available either together as 2CD Digipak format dubbed Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived) with a total playing time of 142 minutes or individually as Gatefold 2LP (+ Its corresponding album as bonus CD) or Digital Download versions, respectively called Remedy Lane Re:mixed (Playing time: 68 min.) and Remedy Lane Re:lived (Playing time: 74 min). The releases will come with revised artwork, expanded booklet design and extensive liner-notes by Daniel Gildenlöw.

The individual vinyl versions of both Remedy Lane Re:mixed and Remedy Lane Re:lived are available on black vinyl as well as in limited coloured runs on clear vinyl (100x copies from IOM webshop) or transparent orange (300x copies).

The pre-order for all physical formats is starting today from the IOM webshop here!

Additionally, Pain of Salvation continue working on a new studio album release entitled  In The Passing Light Of Day together with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, etc.) at Dug-Out Productions in Sweden.

Pain of Salvation Live 2016/2017:
28.07.2016 Breitenbach / Herzberg (Germany) - Burg Herzberg Festival
30.07.2016 Sibiu (Romania) - ARTmania Festival
07.-11.02.2017 Tampa (US) / Cozumel (Mexico) - Cruise To The Edge

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Fates Warning Launch First Full Song Off "Theories of Flight"

The July 1st release date for the much anticipated 12th studio album, Theories of Flight, by U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers Fates Warning keeps drawing nearer.

Therefore, Fates Warning are now launching a lyric-video designed by Cloud Music Typography for the impressive album opening track, From the Rooftops, which can be seen here:

Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder had the following to say about From the Rooftops:
"This song is opening track on "Theories". The lyrics in this song are about life, and how we only have one, we need to live it to the fullest. We can't hide from things we fear, we have to live, to take advantage of what little time we have here. Take chances, make changes and leave your mark on this world..."
The album is available for pre-order at the IOM webshop here!

Theories of Flight tracklisting
1. From the Rooftops
2. Seven Stars
3. SOS
4. The Light and Shade of Things
5. White Flag
6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
7. The Ghosts of Home
8. Theories of Flight

In addition to Standard CD and Digital Download, a limited 2CD version of the album (and also an Import Double Vinyl) will include an acoustic bonus-disc with the following tracks:

Acoustic Bonus tracks:
1. Firefly
2. Seven Stars
3. Another Perfect Day
4. Pray Your Gods (Toad The Wet Sprocket cover)
5. Adela (Joaquin Rodrigo cover)
6. Rain (Uriah Heep cover)

Performed by the core line-up that returned to form with 2013's acclaimed Darkness in a Different Light release (Guitarist Jim Matheos, vocalist Ray Alder, bassist Joey Vera, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek), Theories of Flight was produced by Jim Matheos and mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Haken, etc.).

Fates Warning Online: